Teaching Shakespeare to Children and Young People

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Date(s) - Sat, 11 Mar 2017
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

St Andrew's Church Hall


Saturday 11th March 2017
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Short Street, London SE1 8LJ
Course Tutor: David Farmer


Teaching Shakespeare can be so much fun! This popular one-day course outlines a practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 right up to teenagers and adults. We explore a range of enjoyable and accessible drama games and strategies that will quickly get students involved in the world of the play and enable the teacher/practitioner to explore character, language and staging ideas through practical methods. A range of script extracts are used during the day to demonstrate how the approaches can be used with any of Shakespeare’s plays.

We will explore:

  • Staging the play
  • Using a playful approach
  • Entering the world of the play
  • Exploring and enjoying the language
  • Developing characters
  • Tips on directing and production skills

David Farmer is in great demand as a freelance drama consultant, director, writer and drama practitioner. He has produced plays for the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Manchester, as well as touring productions to art centres, schools and festivals internationally. He was founder and Artistic Director of Tiebreak Theatre Company, has taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and was the consultant for a series of directing courses across the UK run by the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

‘David Farmer’s direction encourages a sense of wonder and wit’
– Sunday Telegraph

shakes1This one-day CPD course is suitable for teachers, freelance theatre directors, drama practitioners and actors who would like to teach Shakespeare through practical methods, whether the aim is to direct a whole Shakespeare play, improve literacy or just introduce primary or secondary students to characters, scenes and stories in a way that they will never forget. The emphasis will be on a relaxed and informal atmosphere – you will leave inspired, refreshed and with a new skill set of ideas and approaches.

“David is very clear and calm and an excellent teacher/facilitator. He never asks you to do anything you feel out of your depth with but rather inspires and instils confidence.” – Kirsten Lane, Millfield School (2016).

“I plan to use the ideas in every lesson, especially for where to start with a script and how to work towards a performance in an effective way that engages the students.” – Marieke Jonker, International School, Groningen, Netherlands (2016).

“As always, a great, ideas-packed day! What’s really good is sharing ideas with each other as well as trying David’s excellent selection of activities and exercises. I’ll be back!” – Wendy O’Hare, Gateway School (2016).

“I found David’s experience and the quality of the course very inspiring. The approach of building layer upon layer coherently is brilliant.” – Hattie Slim, Participant, March 2014.

Shakespeare’s plays are rich with powerful stories waiting to be brought to life. Drama games and strategies can enable young people to enter into the characters and world of the stories through an imaginative process.

More and more primary and secondary schools and drama clubs are realising the potential of teaching Shakespeare to children and young people.

If you have any enquiries, please email David Farmer or telephone 01603 465973 or 0797 321 7876.

Booking Details

The fee is £205 per participant. 10% discount available on a standard ticket when booking more than one course or for two colleagues from the same organisation.

We currently have a limited number of 10% Discount Coupons available for this course – Simply Contact Us for your code.

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What to bring

Comfortable clothing to move in. Light refreshments are included and at lunchtime we usually walk a few minutes to eat a delicious lunch at a nearby venue (lunch not included).

The Venue

St Andrew’s Church Hall is a contemporary building conveniently located on Short Street, off The Cut between the Young and Old Vic Theatres, close to lively cafes, shops and restaurants and just a few minutes from Southwark and Waterloo Tube/rail/bus stations. You can view a Google Map for the venue here: https://goo.gl/maps/c4jFAZZiUn12. We will be in the Upper Hall, which is a bright and warm space upstairs.

Booking Terms and Conditions (including Cancellation)

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